Guthrie is the top performing American Heart Association Workplace in the area, this year recognized at the Silver level, improving from Bronze last year. The AHA says worksites with a culture of health policies and programs are more likely to have a healthier, more productive workforce. Guthrie points to tobacco-free campuses and smoking cessation programs, monthly wellness events, healthy food in the cafeteria and an onsite, no-cost employee gym.
The American Heart Association has defined best practices for employers to use to build a culture of health for their employees in the workplace. The Association’s Workplace Health Achievement Index measures the extent to which the company has implemented those workplace health best practices.
Studies show that worksites with a culture of health with comprehensive, evidence-based policies and programs, and senior leadership support are more likely to have engaged employees and a healthier, more productive workforce. Guthrie has initiated several policies and practices that have helped its employees reach this status.
Some of those initiatives include:
- Tobacco free campuses and smoking cessation programs.
- Monthly wellness events aimed at improving physical, mental, social and financial well-being.
- Healthy food options in the cafeteria and access to the Guthrie Community Garden.
- Events led by senior leaders that promote health and wellness.
- Annual Food Farm and Family Fest
- Onsite, no-cost employee gym
- Mapped walking routes